Following Donald Trump’s presidential elections last Tuesday, Katy Perry recently made a public donation of $10,000 to Planned Parenthood on Friday. She further encouraged her fans to support similar organization for the greater cause of funding the same to counter the threat looming their government funding after the elections.
Announcing her contribution via her instagram post Perry urged people with her first step to support such organization as “its time to turn word into action”.
She continued, “I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them.”
“Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path.”
After earlier this year Trump praised the “very good work” Planned Parenthood has done for “millions of women,” more recently he outlined his pro-life policy specifics with a call to ban the organization’s federal taxpayer funding.
While it’s still too early to say what a Trump presidency might mean for Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, it seems safe to assume that Republicans running each branch of government are not going to be inclined to treat the nonprofit favorably.
“That is just my experience, but I know Planned Parenthood’s broader range of services can sometimes be the only medical support low-income families ever see,” Perry continued. “I know what it’s like to need help. I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn’t afford anything in California.
“I am grateful for and stand in support of Planned Parenthood for giving Katheryn Hudson the knowledge to plan, and for continuing to be a haven for women to learn all options for their future. Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other. I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally.”